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Decision time looms for Ronde Barber, Bucs

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The Buccaneers have been through this before with Ronde Barber, but this year, the decision on how (or if) they should accommodate the veteran defensive back is dragging on.

According to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the Bucs and Barber will meet soon (unless they snuck one in already) to determine his future. But in previous years, they’ve always known what’s happening before the week leading into free agency.

Barber said after the season he needed time to think about his future, at that he was at peace if it was his final year.

But the lure of a 17th season has to be a strong one for him, and for a team that could use some leadership on defense.

Then again, he’s been bumped from corner to safety, and they drafted Mark Barron seventh overall to do what he does.

When it comes to a player such as Barber, who has spent his entire career with one franchise, there will always be an emotional component to the decision.

Maybe that’s what’s making this one take so long, as both sides ponder the inevitable end, and whether they can delay it another year.

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5 Responses to “Decision time looms for Ronde Barber, Bucs”
  1. erikmc10 says: Mar 4, 2013 8:41 AM

    I can’t imagine that the thought of a 7th rounder as a replacement is that worrisome as part of his decision. A lot of other places have given much firmer hints than that!

    Hope to see him back!

  2. fuglyflorio says: Mar 4, 2013 9:08 AM

    You can bet that no matter what happens Tiki will be upset.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 4, 2013 9:38 AM

    He’s still playing?

  4. mogogo1 says: Mar 4, 2013 10:04 AM

    Never ceases to amaze how the Barber twins are like Superman and Bizarro World Superman… Ronde, who used to be the overlooked one, still playing, stilling being classy, still married with a beautiful family, presumably taking care of his money. Tiki, the one that once snagged all the attention, unemployed and broke having burned bridges not just in football but his second career in broadcasting, divorced because he left his pregnant wife for some college intern. Karma laughs while Tiki whines.

  5. bk9876 says: Mar 4, 2013 10:05 AM

    Ericmc. Barron was the seventh pick in first round not seventh rounder as u stated.

    Crownofthehelmet—-you’re still commenting? That is too bad since your overrated.

    This article was not in sync with what is really going on. If you go back to last year when the same thing was going on with Ronde the decision was not made until march 21. It’s march 3rd and he needs to decide now?

    I refer to this as self made drama from florio inc. sorry mike. Just my opinion. Luv the site.

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